ONE DAY AT A TIME

AUGUST 31

Don’t get worked up about … tomorrow. MATTHEW 6:34 TM

Max Lucado says, “Worry is to joy, what a vacuum cleaner is to dirt; you might as well attach your heart to a happiness-sucker and flip the switch.” Jesus said, “Don’t get worked up about … tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” When it looks like things are falling apart, Paul reminds us, “Every detail in our lives .. .is worked into something good” (Ro 8:28 TM). When it seems like the world’s gone mad, don’t forget God “existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together” (CoI 1:17 NIT). When worry whispers, “God doesn’t know what you need,” remember God promised to “take care of everything you need” (Ph 4:19 TM). Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

You won’t get the wisdom or resources to handle tomorrow’s problems till you need them. When we “go confidently to the throne … [we’ll] find kindness, which will help us at the right time” (Heb 4:16 GWT).

Over a century ago Charles Spurgeon said: “Enough for today is all we can enjoy. We cannot eat, drink, or wear more than today’s supply of food and clothing. The surplus gives us the care of storing it and the anxiety that someone might steal it. One staff aids a traveler; a bunch of staves is a heavy burden. Enough is as good as a feast, and more than gluttony can enjoy. Enough is all we should expect, a craving for more is ungratefulness. When our Father doesn’t give you more, be content with your daily allowance.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

Once there was a bartender who claimed he was the strongest man on earth, he could squeeze every drop of juice out of a lemon and he bet $10,000 that no one could squeeze anymore out of a lemon he has squeezed.

People came in from all over the country, body builders, weight lifters, wrestlers, or anyone that wanted to try. But no one could squeeze anymore juice out of the lemons.

Then one day a little nerdy looking guy walks in and everyone laughs at him when they hear he is there to try to squeeze a lemon. So the bartender squeezes a lemon into a cup an hands him what is left over. Then the guy squeezes out 6 more drops of juice, and everyone is amazed!

“What do you do for a living?” they would ask, “Are you a weight lifter, a body builder?”

​”No”, he replied. “I work for the IRS.”



CONIES

SEPTEMBER 1

The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks. PROVERBS 30:26

A coney looks like a rabbit but he can’t run like one. He resembles a mole but he can’t dig deep like one. So he moves to higher ground and positions himself in rocks, in a place of strength. What’s the message of the coney? Reposition yourself! How? (1) By realizing who you are in Christ. When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, your status in God’s eyes changed completely. You’re no longer an outsider, but a fully accepted member of God’s redeemed family, with direct access to your heavenly Father and all the rights and privileges that go with it. Knowing that allows you to operate from a place of strength and not weakness, faith and not fear. When that happens you begin to pray for more, believe God for more, and

enjoy more of His blessings. (2) By recognizing that your limitations don’t limit God. Who does God use? “Feeble folk.” How? By putting them in positions of strength. Sometimes that means putting extra support around them. When you have a bad leg, you don’t put the brace on your good leg, you put it on

the feeble one. And if He has to, God will put braces on you and get you there ahead of the folks who sit around complacent and complaining. “Feeble folk” praise God differently! Others praise Him because they have a feeling of entitlement, but not conies; they remember where they were when God found them and what He brought them through, and they say, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side” (Ps 124:1).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A man was very proud of his guard dog, he would leave it to roam free in the garden to show the world his house was guarded.

One day a woman knocked at his door. “Is that your big dog outside?” Wondering how she had got past him he said: “Yes, why?” She said “I’m sorry but my dog just killed him!”

“What?” Roared the man “What kind of dog have you got?” “A Peke” Replied the woman. “A Peke? How could that little thing kill my big fine guard dog?”

​“I think it got stuck in his throat!” replied the woman.



BE A “WEED-KILLER”

AUGUST 28

You must not give sin a vote. ROMANS 6:12 TM

When it comes to dealing with sin in our lives, the Bible doesn’t mince words: “Our old way of life was nailed to the Cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life -no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, He took sin down with Him, but alive He brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God … That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time-remember, you’ve been raised from the dead-into

God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God” (Ro 6:6-1.4 TM).

Sin is like weeds. To love roses you must hate weeds, declare war on them and uproot them before they spring up. Why? Because left unchecked, they’ll take over your garden and destroy every good thing that grows. So the word for you today is-be a weed-killer!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Stay calm!

“Keep your head in all situations” (2 Timothy 4:5, NIV).

A woman was sitting in her family room when a small black snake suddenly appeared, slithered across the floor, and made its way under the couch.

Being deathly afraid of snakes, she ran to the bathroom to get her husband, who was taking a shower. He came running from the shower with just a towel around his waist, grabbed an old broom handle from the closet, and began poking under the couch.

At this point the family dog awakened. Curious to see what was happening, the dog came up behind the husband and touched his cold nose to the back of the man’s heel. The man, thinking the snake had bitten him on the heel, fainted. The wife concluded that her husband had collapsed with a heart attack, so she ran from the house to a hospital just a block away. The ambulance drivers promptly came to her house and placed him on a stretcher. But as they were carrying him out, the snake reappeared from underneath the couch. One of the drivers got so frightened that he dropped his end of the stretcher and broke the man’s leg.

​Seeing her husband’s twisted leg, the wife collapsed on the spot. Meanwhile, the snake slithered quietly away! An old African proverb says, “There are forty kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense.” Acting impulsively usually means things will get worse before they get better. So before you panic, calm yourself and ask God for wisdom and help, even in the simplest things.



THE CHURCH OF “ADULLUM” (2)

AUGUST 27

Adullam … where … all who were down on their luck came. 1 SAMUEL 22:1-2 TM

Although he was raised in a good home, Whit Criswell got hooked on gambling and ended up embezzling from the bank where he worked. When the auditors found out, he decided to end his life. He wrote a suicide note, drove to the outskirts of town, parked his car and put a gun to his head, saying,

“Go ahead, you no-good slob, it’s what you deserve.” But he couldn’t do it. So at dawn he returned home where police arrested him. He felt humiliated being handcuffed in front of his friends and family. But he was also liberated, because he no longer had to live a lie. Criswell’s prison cell became his “cave

of Adullarn,” the place where he turned back to God. When he was released he joined a church doing odd jobs, and eventually became a staff member. In 1998 another church asked him to be their senior pastor, and today it’s one of Kentucky’s fastest growing congregations. Another cave dweller ransomed,

healed, restored, forgiven,” by the amazing grace of God! The introduction to Psalm 57 describes it as “A song of David when he fled from Saul into the cave.” In the first verse he says, “Be merciful to me, 0 God … my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by” (NKJV). Are you feeling down on your luck today? Do you see yourself as damaged

goods? Instead of wandering alone in the wilderness, come and find what you need in God’s presence; come, find purpose and direction among His people in the “Church of Adullam.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A guy walks into a bar and sees 3 pieces of meat hanging from the ceiling.

The guy asks, “What’s this about?” The bartender replies, “Well, if you can jump up and slap the meat, you get free drinks for the rest of the night. If you miss, you pay for everyone’s drinks for the next hour.

​You wanna do it?” The guy replies, “Nah, the steaks are too high.”



THE CHURCH OF “ADULLUM” (1)

AUGUST 26

Adullam … where … all who were down on their luck came. 1 SAMUEL 22:1-2 TM

David didn’t choose wilderness living, he had nowhere else to go when Saul isolated him from his family, ended his military career and banned him from the palace. The wilderness experience starts out with feelings of disconnection and isolation, and usually gets worse before it gets better. Hoping to form an alliance with the Philistines in Goliath’s hometown, David went to Gath. After all, when Saul’s your mutual enemy you naturally become friends, right? Wrong! The Philistines wanted nothing to do with David. So with yet another door closed, he escaped to the cave of Adullam where he turned back to God. There he became a magnet for “those who were in distress or in debt or discontented” (1Sa 22:2 NIV). The Bible says, “They came to David … to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of God” (1Ch 12:22 NKJV). Not exactly a model congregation! Do you know what the name Adullam means? A place of refuge! Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Lk 5:31-32 NIV). Strong churches are built from people who were “in distress or in debt or discontented.” Do you remember being there? Paul said: “Take a good look … at who you were when you got called … I don’t see many of ‘the brightest and the best’             not many influential, not many from high-society families       God deliberately chose men and women … the culture overlooks … exploits and abuses, chose these ‘nobodies’ to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies'” (lCo 1:26-28 TM). Welcome to the “Church of Adullam.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A man posted an ad trying to sell his talking dog.  Before long, a gentleman called and made an appointment to see the dog because he was interested in buying it if it turned out he really could talk.

When he showed up for his appointment, he introduced himself to the dog.  “Hello,” the man said. 

“Good afternoon,” replied the dog.

Taken aback, the man said to the dog, “Tell me about yourself.”

The dog said, “I was born in Europe and spent a few years traveling the world.  Then I came to live in the United States, went overseas to fight the Viet Cong, came back a decorated war hero, and then I worked in Washington, DC guarding the President of the United States until I came to live with my current owner.”

Absolutely stunned, the man said to the dog’s owner, “This is the most impressive dog I have ever seen!  Why in the world do you want to sell him?”

The owner said, “That dog is a liar; he never did any of those things.”​



ABIDE

AUGUST 25

He who abides in Me … bears much fruit. JOHN 15:5 NAS

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me … bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” As branches we bear fruit, but the life-giving substance required to do it, flows to us from the vine. Any time we try to produce our own fruit, it’s going to be wax fruit.

When someone says, “I don’t love my wife or my husband,” that’s not the issue. The issue is, can Christ love your wife or husband through you? The answer is yes, because love is a fruit that’s produced in you by the Holy Spirit (See Gal 5:22). So, the question is, are you willing to allow Christ’s love to flow through you?

Abiding in Christ is just another name for intimacy with Christ. He wants to express His life through you, which comes through your attachment to Him. If your prayer life is just a matter of shooting up an occasional S0S as emergencies arise, you’re missing this intimacy. If you just have your devotions in

the morning so you can “get them out of the way and get on with your day,” you don’t understand abiding. After years of smoking, one lady decided to kick the habit.

She tried every stop-smoking product on the market but nothing worked. Finally she decided that instead of focusing on all the things she was doing to quit, she would just focus on being in God’s presence and coming to really know Him. Within thirty days she had quit smoking-because of the power of the vine. So the word for you today is “abide.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

An oldie but goodie.

A man knocked on the door, and the couple was asleep; and the wife woke the husband up and said, “Someone is at the door.” And the man said, “I don’t want to answer the door in the middle of the night.”

She said, “You’ve got to answer the door.” So he goes to answer the door, and the man says—a little intoxicated–“I need a push.”

He closes the door, goes back to his room and says to his wife, “The man needs a push, but I’m not going to push anybody in the middle of the night.” And she says, “Honey, remember the night that you and I broke down and we needed a push? You’ve got to go help that man.”

So he gets up, aggravated as can be, goes to the door and opens the door. The man is gone, of course, and he hollers in the middle of the night, “Do you need a push?” And the man says, “Yes, I do!”

And he said, “Where are you?” And he said, “I’m in the swing.”

 



SPIDERS (6)

August 24

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces. PROVERBS 30:28

We learn from the spider that: (a) your size doesn’t determine your potential, your spirit does; (b) no matter where you start, you can end up in the king’s palace. What’s the message of the spider? As long as you live, keep producing! You might not produce as much as somebody else, but you’ve got to keep producing. You might not be able to produce what you used to, but keep producing. Jesus taught that some of us produce thirtyfold, others sixtyfold, and some a hundredfold (See Mt 13:8). We don’t all produce at the same level, but we must all produce at some level. Don’t get intimidated because the other guy is producing a hundredfold and you’re only producing sixtyfold. You’re only accountable for what God gives you!

The Bible says, “They shall bring forth fruit in old age” (Ps 92: 14). Look out; retirement can be angerous to your health! Keep your mind alert, your dreams alive, and your body moving. You might be olel and feeble, but you have to have a reason to get out of bed every morning, because if you don’t, after a while you won’t be able to get out of bed. Get up and get dressed, even if you’re not going anywhere. If you can’t fly, get in the car. If you can’t get in the car, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, stand up. If you’re lying down, sit up. If you can’t sit up, wiggle your toes, but let the Devil know you’re still in the game. By the grace of God, keep producing!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Barber: “Haven’t I shaved you before, Sir?”

Customer: “No, I got that scar in Vietnam.”​

 

Young girl (on first fishing trip): “How much did that red and white thing cost?”

Boyfriend: “Oh, you mean that float? About twenty-five cents.”

Young girl: “Well, I guess I owe you twenty-five cents. Mine just sank.”



SPIDERS (5)

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces. PROVERBS 30:28

AUGUST 21

Some spiders have so much venom in them that they can kill anything they come in contact with, simply by releasing what’s in their mouth. What’s the message of the spider? Check what’s coming out of your mouth! Paul writes, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Ro 10:17). What are you taking in? What are you giving out? Faith or fear, hope or discouragement, joy or sadness, truth or error, love or bitterness? The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Pr 18:21). Notice two things in this Scripture: (1) This is a life and death issue. (2) Your words are like seeds; they always produce fruit. You can’t believe God for His best, then go around expecting and expressing the worst. When what you say consistently, contradicts what God’s Word says, you’re sabotaging yourself. The words you speak have power-and consequences. So begin to correct yourself. Instead of saying, “I can’t change,” or, “I’ll never get out of this mess,” start saying what God’s Word says. Do what Jesus did in the wilderness: open your mouth and declare, “It is written.” Jesus knew the Scriptures so well that He was able to tell Satan, “It’s written that I don’t have to bow to you. It’s written that I don’t have to come to you for what I need.” And what was the result? “The Devil left him, and angels came and attended him” (Mt 4:11 NIV). When you’re under attack open your mouth, declare God’s Word, and the forces of heaven will come to your aid!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

There was a blonde who just got sick and tired of all the blonde jokes.

One evening, she went home and memorized all the state capitals.

Back in the office the next day, some guy started telling a dumb blonde joke. She interrupted him with a shrill announcement, “I’ve had it up to here with these blonde jokes. I want you to know that this blonde went home last night and did something probably none of you could do. I memorized all the state capitals.”

One of the guys, of course, said, “I don’t believe you. What is the capital of Nevada?”

“N,” she answered.



SPIDERS (4)

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces. PROVERBS 30:28

AUGUST 20

How come a spider can walk across the sticky threads of its web and not get stuck, yet those same threads will trap every predator that enters? The secret is-oil! Its tiny suction cup shaped feet exude fresh oil with every step, so it glides through stuff others can’t survive, or get bogged down in.

What’s the message of the spider? You need to be continually anointed with the oil of God’s Spirit! Looking back, you realize that’s what kept you sane when you thought you were going to lose your mind. It’s why you made it when others didn’t. And it’s why you need to stay filled with God’s Spirit every day. The Psalmist said, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil! (Ps 92:10).

But there are four truths in Exodus, chapter 30, concerning the anointing oil, that we need to keep in mind if we’re going to live an anointed life: (1) Without it, our ministry is ineffective. “Thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons … that they may minister unto me” (Ex 30:30). (2) Our children need to experience it. “This shall be a holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations” (Ex 30:31). (3) God won’t anoint our fleshly efforts and agendas. “Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it” (Ex 30:32). (4) We are in danger when we try to substitute it with other things. “Whoever makes any like it … must be cut off” (Ex 30:38 NIV). Before you leave home every morning get down on your knees and pray, “Lord, anoint me with fresh oil!”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

It was one of those teenage weddings.

​When they got the part of the ceremony where the boy repeats after the minister, “With all my goods, I thee endow,” the mother turned to the father and whispered, “There goes his bicycle.”



SPIDERS (3)

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces. PROVERBS 30:28

AUGUST 19

The spider has eight eyes, yet it can barely see. What makes it an avid hunter is that the hair follicles on its legs are full of sensitivity and it can discern everything that’s going on around it. What’s the message of the spider? Use your God-given sense of discernment! You can discern more with your spirit than you

can see with your eyes. “Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things” (1Jn 2:20). God will let you know things you can neither prove nor explain. Jesus said that He would show us “things to come” (See Jn 16:13). But He won’t do it so that we can ego trip, or run around acting flakey. No, “He shall glorify me: he shall receive of mine, and shall [show] it unto you” (In 16:14). God gives “inside information” to those who seek to glorify Him. So stop living beneath your spiritual privilege. The old country church folks used to sing, “The Holy Ghost done told me, everything’s gonna be all right.” That

may not be good grammar; but it’s sound Bible truth. Can’t you remember a time when your eyes told you, “You’re not gonna make it,” but your spirit kept telling you, “Everything’s gonna be all right”? A time when you met somebody who looked good, too good, and your spirit warned you that something was wrong with them? “His anointing teaches you about all things . .. that anointing is real, not counterfeit-just as it has taught you, remain in him” (1Jn 2:27 NIV). The way to walk in discernment is to stay close to God.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A Sunday school teacher challenged her children to take some time on Sunday afternoon to write a letter to God. They were to bring their letter back the following Sunday.

One little boy wrote, “Dear God, We had a good time at church today. Wish you could have been there.”

 




 

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